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Wednesday, 22 February 2017 15:20

Referendum coming for tomato growers

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A statewide referendum in March will ask North Carolina tomato growers whether they want to continue the $20 per acre assessment on harvested commercial tomatoes that funds research, education and marketing to promote N.C.-grown tomatoes.

The proposed assessment term is six years, beginning with the 2017 crop. All farmers engaged with commercial tomato production — whether they be farm owners, tenants or sharecroppers — are eligible to vote. 

Ballots will be mailed March 2, and those who have not received a ballot by March 6 will have 10 days to apply for one from Ellen Moss of the N.C. Tomato Growers Association, 828.685.3989 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Ballots must be postmarked by March 23. 

The referendum requires a two-thirds majority for passage. The NCTGA board of directors administers funds collected. 

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